The reasons to start a church can be different. Your local church may displease you, some traditions may be neglected or simply there is no spiritual community in your area. And one day, an idea to establish your own fellowship can come to your mind. Naturally, the most important thing in this challenge is your faith. However, there are some issues to be considered when starting a church from the grounds up.
You are a preacher
Different churches and confessions have different requirements to preaching. These can include college degree or seminary courses. So, choose at first what kind of preacher you will be. Some religious organizations do not establish some strict requirements to preachers such as degree in religious studies or theological training. In some cases, it will be enough to complete several courses to receive the necessary theological knowledge.
Fellowship of your church
The church is based on its flock, so you need to gather people sharing common beliefs. Regular meetings with your fellowship will make a core of your future church.
Besides, the Internal Revenue Service has the requirement that at least three founding members must not be related by blood or marriage.
Name of your church
It is an essential step in starting any organization. Once again, be sure not to give the existent name of some church in your area. The name of a church reflects its status and increases confidence of your spiritual community.
Statement of belief
This is an obligatory step, which defines the essential beliefs of your church. You need to explain your decision to start a church, as well as the doctrine and creed distinguishing your church from the other religious organizations.
In addition to the statement of belief, any church must have the bylaws for its activities. The bylaws provide information about the operations and actions of your church, such as weddings, funerals, taking baptism and other events.
Any church is a non-profit organization. Therefore, you will have to make some paper work to make it legal. First of all, you need to make sure that the following requirements are met:
– The purposes of organization cover are only scientific, religious, charitable or educational.
– The private persons or shareholders do not receive any earnings.
– The activities of your organizations are not associated with illegal actions, legislation influence, political campaigns, or other violations of public policy.
It is recommended to consult a lawyer for your tax exemption paper work.
Your church’s bank account
Any legal organization must have a valid bank account. This step should be done after you completed all the activities with the incorporation of your organization in the Business Bureau. A bank account is to be opened based on your documents. You may review the market and consider the banks that cooperate with other ministries or churches.
Attracting new people
After all formalities are completed, you may start developing your community. It is very important to understand whom to invite to your church. Look at your environment, perhaps you will notice some people, who will be interested in your ideas and beliefs. Do not rush with strict rules and limits. Introduce the worship and prayer to the newcomers. Besides, be attentive to the relations inside the fellowship, since any community experience conflicts.
Place of church
This step has a special importance, since it affects many other activities. When working on this question, take into account the size of your community and the places of residence of its members. Try to find a convenient place for all of your members. In course of time, you may think about building your own church.